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John Marshall ATKINS

Regimental number49
Place of birthRozelle, New South Wales
OccupationShipwright's apprentice
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinM A Atkins, 101 Evan Street, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Date of death27 June 1921
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialField of Mars Cemetery (Catholic Portion, Section C, Grave 846), Sydney, New South Wales
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary AKINS; Wife: Magdalene ATKINS
Discharge date22 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 March 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Gascon', 21 June 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 30 June 1915 (gastritis); discharged to duty, 21 July 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 12 August 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 28 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Found guilty, 20 May 1916, of when on Active Service using insubordinate language to an NCO: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 30 October 1916 (hernia); transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 31 October 1916; to Ambulance Train, 2 November 1916, and admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital (hernia); transferred to England, 9 November 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham (hernia and varicocele); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 11 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 15 January 1917; to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 30 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 March 1917; transferred to 1st Field Company Engineers, 28 March 1917; taken on strength, in the field, 30 March 1917.

On leave to Paris, 13 November 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 19 November 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 29 November 1917.

Detached to Corps Gas School, 13 January 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 19 January 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 4 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 20 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 21 March 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 1st Field Ambulance; transferred to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 24 March 1918; to England, 26 March 1918, and admitted to Eastbourne Military Hospital (gassed: slight); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 9 April 1918; discharged on furlough, 23 April 1918, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 7 May 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Depot, Longbridge Deverill, 23 July 1918.

Marched out to 6th Training Depot, Brightlingsea, 9 August 1918.

On Command at Lewis Gun Course, Tidworth, 21 August-4 September 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 September 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 23 September 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 13 October 1918; disembarked Southampton, 14 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Durham', 23 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne (date not recorded) for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 22 February 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATKINS John Marshall

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